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Who wants to live luxuriously for less? This girl, that’s who! 🙋🏼♀️ I recently made the most wonderful discovery, y’all! I discovered Lilysilk, a company that makes affordable silk clothing, sleepwear, bedding, and more!
Live Luxuriously: About Lilysilk
Lilysilk was founded in 2011 by Lily Lin, who, after spending more than a decade working in France’s silk industry, wanted to create an alternative to the prevailing business model—the one where retailers realized huge profits, customers paid huge premiums, and silk workers remained in relative poverty. She wanted to create an online outlet that would link Chinese silk weavers directly to Western silk lovers. She convinced her husband, Mike, and some friends to buy into her vision, and this unique company was born.
Live Luxuriously: Why Silk?
You may not know this, but silk is composed of animal protein containing 18 essential amino acids, which is known to help nourish skin and prevent aging. Silk is anti-bacterial and hypo-allergenic, and the fibers are naturally resistant to dust mites, mold, and other allergens, making it a good choice for allergy sufferers.
All silk is not alike! Lilysilk uses pure mulberry 6A Grade silk. It’s made from the longest and highest grade silk fibers available. That means it’s more luxurious and durable than lower grade silks. Lilysilk uses OEKO-TEX® certified non-toxic dyes. True to the commitment they made when the company was founded, Lilysilk pays their workers fair wages and benefits—all while charging 10%-20% less than other silk retailers.
Lilysilk is known for its exceptional customer service. In fact, Lilysilk is such a believer in the quality of their products that they offer a 45-day return guarantee on any product and a 100-night trial for 22mm and 25mm silk pillowcases. (BTW, you can find product quality testimonials on third-party review sites such as Trustpilot.)
Live Luxuriously: My Experience With Lilysilk Clothing
Lilysilk sent me one of their best-selling items: the Basic Cap Sleeve Silk Tee. It is so luxurious to the touch—it feels incredible on my skin! It comes in twelve rich colors (click HERE to see them all), and it runs TTS, but with a relaxed fit. It would be gorgeous under a blazer or cardigan, or alone for a special occasion. (I’m thinking of ordering it in “Claret” for the holidays!)
The Basic Cap Sleeve Silk Tee is made of 100% Charmeuse silk, and I love the glossy sheen! “Charmeuse” refers to a specific weaving method that provides the extra luster and shine on the front side of the fabric with a matte finish at the back. It’s a weave that is typically used on products like pillowcases and duvet covers that don’t require a glossy finish on both sides of the fabric. Charmeuse silk is ideal for things like scarves, blouses, and lingerie because it offers better drape than crêpe de chine (a more lightweight weave).
To learn more about the types of silk and types of weaves used in silk production, click HERE.
Live Luxuriously: My Experience With Lilysilk Pillowcases
The beauty benefits of silk pillowcases are well-documented in multiple studies. Here are a few that I found when I was researching this post:
- Wrinkle Prevention – A smooth surface means less tugging on skin and fewer ‘crush wrinkles’ (from sleeping on the sides of your face) than a traditional cotton pillowcase.
- Frizzy Hair Prevention – Hair glides over a silk pillowcase without any friction, meaning you’re less likely to wake up to frizzies, tangles, or bedhead.
- Increased Skin & Hair Hydration – The smoothness of a silk pillowcase makes it less apt to absorb moisture from skin and hair. This makes it ideal for anyone with dry skin or hair.
- Temperature-Regulating – Unlike cotton, which absorbs moisture, silk fibers naturally wick moisture away, keeping you dry and cool all night long.
- More Hygenic – Silk pillowcases absorb less moisture and dirt than cotton. Cotton pillowcases soak in the natural oil and bacteria from your face and hair, which accumulate night after night, creating an ideal environment for bacteria. 😬
- To learn more about the benefits of sleeping on silk pillowcases, click HERE.
I tried Lilysilk’s best-selling 19 Momme Envelope Silk Pillowcase in “Rosy Pink.” It’s available in thirteen colors in standard, queen, or king sizes. It’s available with either an envelope or zipper closure. Lilysilk also has pillowcases available in 22 momme, or 25 momme.
Momme (also referred to as “mm”) is a Japanese unit of measurement that measures silk weight, quality, and durability much like thread count in Cotton. The higher the momme, the denser, and durable the fabric is. The 19mm silk pillowcase has a thread count of 400. The 22mm silk pillowcase has a thread count of 600, and the 25mm silk pillowcase has a thread count of 750.
Silk products with higher momme weight aren’t necessarily the best choice! For example, wearing 25mm silk sleepwear would probably be heavier and hotter than you’d want, but 19mm silk sleepwear would not be as durable as a higher weight. (That’s why Lilysilk’s sleepwear is made with 22mm silk.)
I’m a big believer in the benefits of silk pillowcases, and I’ve used one for years. I love the fact that Lilysilk offers silk pillowcases (along with clothing, sleepwear, bedding, lingerie, and accessories in high-quality silk for affordable prices. I loved the 19 Momme Envelope Silk Pillowcase, but honestly, I found it thinner than I wanted. The next time I order, I’m splurging for the thicker and more luxurious 25mm pillowcase!
Live Luxuriously: Caring For Silk
Silk can either be washed by hand or in the washing machine on a gentle cycle. Use cold water, turn your silk items inside out, and place them in a mesh laundry bag. Harsh chemicals like alkaline and bleach can cause silk fibers to harden, so you’ll want to use a special detergent like Tenestar, which doesn’t contain any chemicals or lipid-replenishers, and will help silk retain its color, shine, and smoothness. Air dry your silk products.
Iron silk clothing on the backside of the fabric in order to avoid any damage on the sheen side. Be sure to use the special “silk” setting on your iron, or the lowest possible setting you have. You may even want to use a thin sheet of cotton as a barrier between your iron and the silk fabric.
Live Luxuriously: A Special Deal Just For YOU!
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